Minimising the harms of khat

The Government has announced its decision to control the herbal stimulant khat as a Class C drug under the Misuse of Dugs Act 1971. Earlier this year, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) found insufficient evidence of khat as a cause of harms to justify a ban. This POSTnote summarises the evidence on the impact of khat on health and possible social harms in the UK and comparable international experiences of legislation and control.